San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, 32, wed French journalist Axelle Francine at a ceremony in San Antonio on Aug. 2. The couple welcomed their first child, son Josh, in April. • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. tied the knot with Curb Your Enthusiasm star Cheryl Hines on Aug. 2 at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. This is the third wedding for Kennedy, 60, who has two kids with his first wife, Emily Black, and four from his marriage to Mary Richardson Kennedy, who committed suicide in 2012. Hines, 48, has a daughter from a prior marriage. • Once Upon a Time star Lana Parrilla, 37, married software executive Fred Di Blasio on July 5.


Drew Barrymore‘s half sister Jessica was found dead in a car in National City, Calif., on July 29, reportedly with pills scattered on the passenger seat. She was 47. “Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible, and I’m so incredibly sorry for their loss,” said Drew. The half siblings shared a father, John Barrymore. • Die Hard and Flower Drum Song actor James Shigeta died of pulmonary failure on July 28. He was 85.


Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes, 29, gave birth to her second child, daughter Myllena Mae, with husband Sunnery James, 35, on July 30. “Both of our families are beyond thrilled to finally meet our beautiful and healthy little girl,” the couple said in a joint statement. “She’s a true blessing!” The pair are already parents to 3-year-old son Phyllon Joy.


How I Met Your Mother actress Ashley Williams, 35, is expecting her first child with husband Neal Dodson, 36. “After years of waiting for the perfect moment to have a child, we decided to go with this moment instead. And we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Williams told PEOPLE exclusively. • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay actor Wes Chatham, 35, and his wife, American Ninja Warrior cohost Jenn Brown, also have their first baby on the way. “With as much as this baby is kicking, we think we have America’s first Baby Ninja Warrior!” the couple joked to PEOPLE.


Susan Sarandon’s

Manhattan apartment was burglarized late on Aug. 2, the New York Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. Among the items stolen were a camera, a laptop and some of the actress’s jewelry. Sarandon, 67, was out of town, but her son Miles Robbins, 22, discovered the burglary.

James Brady, 1940–2014

After he was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, he and wife Sarah fought for gun control

For 69 days in 1981 he was Ronald Reagan’s White House press secretary. Then on March 30 a bullet meant for the President struck James Brady’s head. Four people, including Reagan, were shot. But Brady took the worst hit, suffering partial paralysis and brain damage. In a wheelchair and with slurred speech, Brady, along with wife Sarah, became a force for gun control, tak- ing on formidable National Rifle Association opposition to pass the 1993 Brady Act, which required FBI background checks of handgun buyers. (Such a law might have kept the gun from Reagan’s would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr., later found not guilty by reason of insanity; he had been trying to impress actress Jodie Foster.) By 2009 the law had halted nearly 2 million gun purchases. It remains “the single most important piece of gun safety legislation,” said Matt Bennett, a longtime Brady Campaign adviser. Always affable, Brady—”Bear” to friends—died Aug. 4 at 73 after a “series of health issues,” said his family, which includes son Matthew and daughter Melissa. Nancy Reagan recalled him as “a wise counselor who took his role but not himself seriously. Jim was the personification of courage and perseverance.”

Missing Teen Back Home

Nine months after an apparent abduction, Abigail Hernandez, 15, mysteriously returns – and a suspect is charged

Questions abound in the case of Abigail Hernandez, who returned home to North Conway, N.H., on July 20, nine months after she vanished after school on Oct. 9, 2013. Where was she? What happened to her? How did she get back? On July 28 authorities arrested Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of nearby Gorham, N.H., for kidnapping and “knowingly confining Abigail Hernandez… with a purpose to commit an offense against her.” But they and Hernandez have revealed little else pending an Aug. 12 court date. Her mother, Zenya, who denied rumors that her daughter ran away or was pregnant, said of the reunion, “We are the happiest people on earth.”

Why I Care



The superstar’s foundation gives young people “a new look” on life

Growing up, I could have chosen to go in a negative direction. Being surrounded by positive people—my mom, my grandmother, family members—helped me to fly straight. That’s ultimately what I want to do for kids who come from impoverished areas with Usher’s New Look Foundation. I want to give them a new look on life. If I can make them aware of their options, chances are they are going to do something positive and will share their experiences. When kids first came to my organization, which was called Camp New Look, the idea was for them to learn more about the music industry and dance and sing. Fifteen years later, we far exceeded that. Now we are a full-fledged organization that prepares global leaders. There was this one kid, James Harris, who came to the camp saying, “I just want to rap.” As a result of taking the foundation’s courses and becoming engaged in what we were teaching him, he became a shining star in the organization. He has spoken before Congress. He has spoken in Kenya and in the U.K. He works for me now, motivating kids and corporations to get involved. What an incredible story!

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